IT 10: Investing in Stocks (Reflection Assignment)

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Assignment: Create a new WordPress post titled Reflections: Investing in Stocks. Copy and paste the text below onto your blog post. Follow the italicized instructions and/or answer the italicized questions. 

Trading Rules

    • Started with $10,000 of virtual cash.
    • Paid $5.00 commission per buy-sell transaction.
    • Allowed to buy stocks only from NYSE, NASDAQ, or TSX (Canada).
    • Invested from Nov. 22, 2012 to Jan 26, 2012.

Names of Stocks 

    • Answer the following in point form:
      • Which ones did you buy? When did you buy?
      • Which ones did you sell? When did you sell?
    • You can find this information when you click on your Trading History from link above.


Answer the following in a paragraph:

  • What was your general strategy: short-term or long-term?
    • active trading = short-term trading
    • passive trading = long-term trading
  • Why did you pick those stocks?
    • technical (graphs) vs. fundamental (news) vs. darts (random)
  • Why did you sell those stocks?
    • Sold because you gained enough.
    • Sold because you lost too much and did not want to lose more.


Answer the following in a short paragraph:

  • How much money did you end up with?
  • How much money did you earn/lose in percent? (e.g. +8%)
  • How did this compare to the S&P500 (average) index?


Answer the following in a short paragraph:

  • What did you learn?
  • How do you feel with the results? Happy? Satisfied? Disappointed? Indifferent? 
  • Did your strategy work? What would you do the same or different?
  • Would you have approached this differently if you used real money? If so, how so? If not, why not?

Evaluation: Rules (1 mark), Names of Stocks (3 marks), Strategy (3 marks), Results (3 marks), Reflection (5 marks) — 15 marks.